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The official what's happening about the spammers thread. MNHQ will only post on this one for the time being (sorry, not being hoity; it's just to save time)

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HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 03-Mar-13 15:11:28


We are currently mopping up after close on 100 (and that's just the last count) spammers posted all over our boards last night and this morning.

Thank you for all your reports. We hope you'll understand that we're not going to reply to them. Please take it as read that we're really grateful.

IMPORTANT: we think we have tabs on pretty much all of the spammers now, so (even if we haven't deleted them all yet) so there is no need to report any more. In fact, any more reports and our system might keel over!

Once we can see the wood for the trees, we'll post again and ask you to report any remaining spam posts we might have missed.

Please bear with us. We are getting there.

Any Qs, do post em here and we'll do our best to answer you.

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 03-Mar-13 16:47:24

sad sad sad

Think I may need something stronger...

GlaikitFizzog Sun 03-Mar-13 16:48:12

Whiskey?? I have a rather fine single malt, or there is turps in the shed!

LadyBeagleEyes Sun 03-Mar-13 16:48:36

What a nightmare day for all of you at MNHQ, have thanks and wine.

Sunnywithshowers Sun 03-Mar-13 16:52:22

We luffs you MNHQ. More wine and thanks from me.

Tee2072 Sun 03-Mar-13 16:54:40

wine flowers [gin] [chocolate] [cake]

Is this a bad time to ask for gin, chocolate and cake emoticons?


MNetBlackpoolLE Sun 03-Mar-13 16:56:46

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

deccacards Sun 03-Mar-13 17:08:59

Well done Helen, Olivia and all. What a crap way to have to spend a Sunday.

More gin & thanks from me.

GlaikitFizzog Sun 03-Mar-13 17:10:05

Quick sober up Helen all is not lost!

lubeybooby Sun 03-Mar-13 17:18:55

Hello HQ. I feel really sorry for you all. May I ask please is there anything in place to stop it happening again overnight? eg adding a captcha to the registration process or all night monitoring?

Foggles Sun 03-Mar-13 17:21:55

You seem to be winning the battle of Spamalot now MNHQ.

smile thanks

JulesJules Sun 03-Mar-13 17:29:19

I haven't seen a single one.

Either I am just not on here enough grin grin

or the gin is working

deccacards Sun 03-Mar-13 17:36:09

There's one further down this section!

Helen/Olivia it's from googleman737. You copped 5 of his posts which are still cached on Google, but there are still a couple left.

Maybe keep one for posterity? grin

YouveCatToBeKittenMe Sun 03-Mar-13 17:39:38

I managed to source a picture of Olivia earlier today

ClayDavis Sun 03-Mar-13 17:48:47


Allalonenow Sun 03-Mar-13 17:54:36

Well done HQ thanks

FruOla Sun 03-Mar-13 18:20:10

Oh lordy .... you poor MNHQPeeps. sad

There are still quite a few of the spambot threads here and there, but I'm not going to bother you 'cos I'm sure you're catching up with them as we speak. Crapola [humpfh emoticon]

Naoko Sun 03-Mar-13 18:35:02

Hard work's appreciated HQ smile

Might it be worth explaining what a spambot is and why such things occur? I've seen a lot of people say 'but what's the point, I don't really want to watch football, why would they post it on a parenting site' and although I haven't, for obvious reasons, clicked any of the links, I'm worried that people might do so out of curiousity. Spambot links of this nature ('watch sports for free', 'see naked women', 'see scandalous pictures of celebrity', that kind of thing that draws people in) are frequently used to infect people's PCs with nasty malware, so people clicking them would be a bad thing.

gordyslovesheep Sun 03-Mar-13 18:41:07

Thanks HQ - what a nightmare

Sparklingbrook Sun 03-Mar-13 18:46:53

Thank you.

AlisonMoyet Sun 03-Mar-13 18:51:20

hi everyone

just popping in to ask where i can see tv streamed live to my pc

anyone know

* innocent look *

Pan Sun 03-Mar-13 18:55:43

Helen - I'd be looking at something stronger for your defence against Spurs this afternoon.


greenhill Sun 03-Mar-13 18:56:12

It sounds like you've been cleaning the Augean Stables MNHQ. Have some thanks , though wine is just as appropriate...

I reported a load of spam from 7am and see you still have about 100 spam messages in unanswered threads, nearly 12 hours later <gulps>

What is the best way of reporting? After a while, I felt as if I was just adding to your workload, by drawing attention to each new spambot. Should we report, say 5, and then stop, or report new ones until we get bored with pressing report?

armagh Sun 03-Mar-13 19:09:55

I noticed a very strange post re a Garelic football match- was that the spammers?

armagh Sun 03-Mar-13 19:10:24

Oops Gaelic football match. Bloody iphone

LineRunner Sun 03-Mar-13 19:35:37

I think the line is, stop reporting for now while they sweep through, and MNHQ will say when we shoud start reporting any missed shit spam.

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